Benny Howell earned Gloucestershire’s first bowling bonus point of the new LV=County Championship season on a rain-ruined third day of the match with Essex at Chelmsford.
Only 43.5 overs were possible as the home side progressed from an overnight 30-2 to 177-3 in reply to Gloucestershire’s 409-5 declared.
Tom Westley and Ravi Bopara built a third-wicket stand of 116 for the hosts before Howell made the breakthrough, trapping Bopara lbw for 64, made off 115 balls, with 7 fours.
It proved to be Gloucestershire’s only success as Westley ended the day unbeaten on 82, having faced 141 deliveries and hit 12 fours.
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Mark Pettini was 18 not out and James Fuller, who claimed both second day victims, had the best bowling figures with 2-46 from 13 overs.
As on the previous day, the morning session was washed out and Essex were not able to resume their innings until 2.55pm.